Friday, May 26, 2006

Led Zeppelin awarded from Swedish King

Led Zepelin
Led Zeppelin received the Polar Music Prize from King Carl XVI Gustaf in Stockholm on Monday, May 24, 2006

The king of Sweden has presented Led Zepelin with a prestigious award honoring them as "great pioneers" of popular music.

Surviving band members Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones picked up the Polar Music Prize from King Carl XVI Gustaf in Stockholm on Monday.

Late drummer John Bonham, who died in 1980, was represented at the ceremony by his daughter.

Accepting the award, singer Plant talked about how Led Zeppelin recorded "In Through The Out Door" in Stockholm in 1979.

He said, "It's a long time ago. Music has been a fantastic passport to us all."

Led Zeppelin shared the award with Russian conductor Valery Gergiev. The Polar Music Prize, founded in 1989 by ABBA manager Stig Anderson, is split between pop and classical artists.

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